President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director
Bachelor of Science from The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
Mr. Jerry Barag serves as President/Chief Executive Officer of CatchMark Timber Trust. Additionally, he is a Director on the firm’s Board of Directors. He joined the firm in 2013 and brings over 30 years of real estate, timberland and investment experience, including expertise in acquisitions, divestitures, asset management, property management and financing. Mr. Barag previously served as a Principal at TimberStar Advisors, an Atlanta-based timberland investment consulting firm, where he specialized in acquiring and managing timberlands in the United States. From 2004 to September 2011, he served as Managing Director of TimberStar, a timberland investment joint venture, iStar Financial, Inc. and other institutional investors. While at TimberStar, he oversaw the acquisition of over $1.4 billion of timberlands in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine and Texas. His two prior experiences were with an Atlanta-based investment manager specializing in timberland investment planning and Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, where he served as chief investment officer and chairman of the investment committee.